Usyk swims for FIVE HOURS in gruelling regime ahead of Joshua rematch

You’re in deep water, AJ! Oleksandr Usyk swims for FIVE HOURS in gruelling training regime ahead of his rematch against Anthony Joshua, reveals ex-opponent Dereck Chisora… as the Ukrainian bids to retain his world titles

  • Oleksandr Usyk has a brutal training regime to get him in shape for a fight  
  • The Ukrainian swims for five hours a session, says ex-opponent Dereck Chisora 
  • Usyk is preparing for his rematch against Anthony Joshua in Saudi Arabia  

Anthony Joshua knows he is in for a tough fight against Oleksandr Usyk next month – and it looks like the Ukrainian is going to drag him into deep water after it was revealed he swims for up to five hours per session.

Joshua and Usyk will go toe-to-toe once again in their rematch in Saudi Arabia on August 20 after the latter dominated their first bout at the Tottenham Hotspurs Stadium last September – winning via a unanimous decision.

There were fears Usyk would have to pull out of their second fight after his country became engulfed in a war with Russia, with the former cruiserweight champion heading to the front lines to fight for Ukraine. 

But he was urged to return to the sport and make a statement by his fellow soliders – and he has restarting his training regime in a typically brutal fashion. His former opponent Dereck Chisora told of how he discovered his incredible workout routine in the pool when visiting a bathhouse.

Oleksandr Usyk is swimming for up to five hours ahead of his fight against Anthony Joshua 

The Ukrainian was seen undergoing his brutal training regime by ex-opponent Dereck Chisora

Chisora will fight Kubrat Pulev this weekend as he looks to bounce back from three straight losses but was blown away by Usyk after meeting him during his own preparations for his bout. 

‘I was just about to leave the Russian bathhouse that I go to when I am tired and hurt from training, and the owner told me to wait because he had a surprise,’ he said, as reported by the Sun.

‘I sat down and all I heard was ‘Derek, Deeeerrrrrek’, like he kept saying during the build-up to our fight.

‘I started talking and laughing with him and I told him he looked tired.

‘He told me he had just finished swimming for five hours.’

Chisora was beaten by Usyk via a unanimous decision when they fought in 2020

Usyk will face Joshua again on August 20 in Saudi Arabia as he looks to defend his new titles

Chisora – who fought Usyk in 2020 during lockdown and lost to a unanimous decision – admitted he was baffled by Usyk’s claim, until he saw video footage of the fighter swimming for hours upon end. 

‘I told him he was lying, he couldn’t swim for five hours,’ he added.

‘But his trainer told me it was true and then showed me a video of him in this huge Olympic pool just going up and down for five hours.’

Usyk has used swimming as a way to get into shape for years and his trainer Anatoly Lomachenko – the father of lightweight boxer Vasyl – has encouraged him to undergo 10k open-air swims and also prepares underwater exercises for his fighters.

The ex-cruiserweight has a few unique routines to stay fit and focused, including juggling

Vasyl can famously hold his breath for four and a half minutes – with the goal to get a boxer to reach their cognitive and physical peak in order to stay sharp in the ring and throw combinations freely. 

Usyk has also been seen doing some unusual prep and exercises before his fights – including juggling during his open workouts.

His highly-anticipated fight against Joshua will see the pair compete for the WBA, WBO and IBF world title belts, with the winner likely going on to face WBC belt holder Tyson Fury – despite his threats to retire – for the chance to become undisputed champion.

Usyk v Joshua is reportedly set to be broadcasted on Sky Sports this summer despite the British fighter’s promotional team Matchroom signing a new £100m deal with DAZN. 

Joshua will be looking for revenge on his loss last September on August 20 in Saudi Arabia 

It’s said that Sky Sports have edged out their rivals to show Joshua’s attempt at recapturing the world heavyweight titles he lost last year, with a bid worth around £28million.

Joshua and his Ukrainian opponent Usyk are expected to share a purse of at least £100million.

Despite the bout being arguably the most important of Joshua’s career, it was not included in his deal with DAZN.

Hearn previously said: ‘This fight is outside of the the DAZN deal, the long-term DAZN deal, because the rights are owned by the site effectively, so that’ll be negotiated separately.’

After putting pen to paper last month, Joshua said: ‘I am entering a new phase in my career with a new training environment, new coaches and now a new broadcaster.

Joshua has signed a new broadcasting deal with DAZN but this fight will reportedly be shown on Sky Sports Box Office

‘Negotiations at this level take time so I am pleased to have it all wrapped up and now I can fully focus on giving the fans and DAZN what they want, knockouts in the glamour division.

‘I’ve been working with DAZN and following its progress for a long time. We have enjoyed a really successful partnership in the US for many years and I know the team and understand the passion and drive of the business.

‘DAZN’s vision and passion to innovate is what attracted me to the partnership. They are leading the digital landscape in sport and the future of sports broadcasting. I am really looking forward to a long and successful partnership.’ 

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